LCHS SENIOR NEWSLETTER
Volume 18 Issue 1 September/October 2012
TERMS EVERY SENIOR SHOULD KNOW
Awards Letter- this letter is sent to the student by the college’s financial aid office indicating how much
and what type of financial aid they will be awarded.
Campus Based Program- a financial aid program authorized by state or federal law that a college or
College Work Study- a part time job for students; the Federal Work-Study Program provides jobs for
students that demonstrate financial need.
Common Application- a college admissions or scholarship application that can be completed once and
used to apply for admissions to various colleges and universities or used to apply for select scholarships
offered by local organizations in Garland.
EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) - the amount the student and his/her family is expected to
contribute towards their education.
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) - application for federal student grants, work-
study programs, and low interest student loans.
Financial Aid Program- a combination of all of the financial aid offered by the college or university
based on your eligibility and your particular family circumstances and financial need.
Grants- a form of gift aid, generally awarded based on financial need, some may have academic
SAR (Student Aid Report) - the report that determines the eligibility and type of aid a student will
receive; this report is sent to the student and the Financial Aid Office of the school he/she plans to
Scholarships – awards generally based on academic achievements; grants from private organizations
and through the Financial Aid Office of the college and university; does not have to be repaid and some
restrictions may apply.
Tuition/Fee Waiver – an arrangement where a nonresident student registers at a public college or
university while paying the resident tuition rate.
Early Decision Admission – are binding which means the applicant promises from the start that they
will attend the school if their application is accepted. Disadvantage of Early Decision is you cannot
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Early Action Admission – give students the benefits of early notification without the obligation of early
decision. Even if accepted, students are free to apply to other schools and compare offers.
WENDY’S HIGH SCHOOL HEISMAN AWARD PROGRAM
For the past fourteen years, Wendy’s Restaurants have teamed up with the Heisman Memorial Trophy
Committee to create the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. The award honors both male and female
high school students who excel in academics, athletics and student leadership.
Eligibility for application is limited exclusively to men and women entering their senior year of high
school who have at least a “B” grade average and participate in at least one sport.
The application is online www.wendysheisman.com and must be completed by the student.
DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 2, 2012
AES ENGINEERS SCHOLARSHIP
AES Engineers Scholarship is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students
to help in the furthering of their education.
Our belief is that achieving a high grade point average should not be the only criteria for determining
who deserves to be helped. For that reason we are offering a scholarship that will be awarded on the
basis of character, as determined by evaluated the essays that are submitted.
Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is
available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility.
You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.
Students must submit an essay of no more than 1000 words in answer to the following question: What
are your dreams for your future? When you look back on your life in thirty years, what would it take
for you to consider your life successful?
The amount of the award is $500.00. You may submit your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no application packet for this award. Please do not include your resume at this time. Be sure to
include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for
DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 5, 2012
YOUNGARTS’ AWARD PROGRAM
Are you passionate about? :
This program offers the following:
Has 600 winners each year
Awards $5000,000 each year
Provides individual awards of up to $10,000 each
Gives national recognition of artistic excellence to students, teachers and schools
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Is an exclusive opportunity to be nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
Provides winners with an all-expenses paid weeklong learning and performance/exhibition
intensive in Miami, FL, working with world renowned artists
Has 16,000 alumni
Young Arts staff members are available to answer questions by phone at 800-970-ARTS (2787) or via
email at email@example.com
The application is online at www.youngarts.org/apply
DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 19, 2012
HORATIO ALGER ASSOCIATION
The Horatio Alger Texas Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of
Texas who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire
to pursue higher education.
Enrolled full time as a high school senior
Intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree
Critical financial need (lower than $50,000)
Involvement in co-curricular and community service activities
Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
Be a resident of Texas; and
Be a Citizen of the United States
Apply on line at www.horatioalger.com/scholarships
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS OCTOBER 25, 2012
-Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD
-U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Temporary Residents (in a legalization
program); Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
-anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
-planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
-carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.
A few minutes of your time could help get you through college or beyond.
Apply online at www.coca-colascholars.org
DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 31, 2012
THE EUGENE MCDERMOTT SCHOLARS PROGRAM – UTD
The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at UT Dallas is more than a merit scholarship; it is a
program of exceptional experiences and unmatched opportunities. Focused on excellence in
scholarship, leadership and service, scholars blend classroom and independent study, campus and
community involvement, travel, and cultural and pre-professional activities to create an individualized
experience. The program welcomes all intended majors and careers.
The McDermott Scholars Program covers all expenses of a superb four-year academic education at The
University of Texas at Dallas, in concert with a diverse array of intensive extracurricular experiences,
including internships, travel, and cultural enrichment.
The McDermott award provides tuition and fees, book allowances and living stipends for up to 48
months, and includes support for professional preparation and study abroad experiences.
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o High school senior
o Academically distinguished
o Proven leader
o Dedicated to service and volunteerism
o Unmarried and without children
o Committed to living on campus
Complete online McDermott Scholars Program application at utdallas.edu/McDermott
DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 6, 2012
AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
The AXA Achievement Scholarship offers college scholarships of $15,000 and $25,000 to high school
seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or
the workplace. The scholarships are sponsored by the AXA Foundation, in association with U.S. News
For more information and the application about all AXA Achievement scholarship, visit www.axa-
DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1, 2012
FIRE’S “FREEDOM IN ACADEMIA” ESSAY CONTEST
High school juniors and seniors for the 2012-2013 school year are eligible to participate in FIRE's
essay contest. To enter, students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words on the provided
One $10,000 first prize, one $5,000 second prize, and three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded for
the best essays. Four $500 winners will be chosen from the remaining entrants in a drawing.
Go to http://www.thefire.org/index.php/contests/
Submit your essay through the online form provided on the website.
DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 21, 2012
“MAKE THE U” (HAZ LA U) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Hispanic Heritage Month is a national celebration of Hispanic achievements, contributions and culture.
To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Colgate-Palmolive Company proudly announces the return of its
scholarship program “Haz la U” or “Make the U”. This program, launched in partnership with the
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), aims to award educational grants to eligible Hispanic students
pursuing higher education.
High School seniors are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to win a $15,000 educational grant, or
one of fourteen $2,500 additional grants.
Be of Hispanic heritage
Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States with a valid Social Security
Number at the time of application. All legal permanent residents must submit a copy of their
valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired)
Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Be pursuing or plan to pursue your first undergraduate degree
Have plans to enroll full-time in a degree seeking program at a two or four year U.S. accredited
institution in the U.S. Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam during the 2012-2013 academic
To apply, applicants must currently be a high school senior, entering a two year or four year
college during the 2012-2013 school year.
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Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Apply online at www.colgate.com/hazlau
DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2012
2011 JOHN F. KENNEDY PROFILE IN COURAGE ESSAY CONTEST
The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public,
private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school
correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories;
and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate.
Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to
Essays can be no more than 1,000 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the
Essays must be the original work of the student.
John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for
Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official that occurred during
or after 1956, the publication date of Profiles in Courage. The official may have addressed an
issue at the local, state, or national level. See Contest Information and Topic
Guidelines and Helpful Tips for Writing Your Essay for more information.
Essays about previous Profile in Courage recipients will be disqualified unless they describe an
act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given.
Essays must have a minimum of five sources, including one non-internet source.
For more information go to www.jfklibrary.org
DEADLINE IS JANUARY 5, 2013
GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Students are eligible to be considered for a GMS scholarship if they:
Are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or
Are a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States
Have attained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or have earned a
Will enroll for the first time at a U.S. located, accredited college or university in the fall of 2011
as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student. First-time college enrollees can also be GED
Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service,
extracurricular or other activities
Meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria
Have completed and submitted all three required forms: the student application (Nominee
Personal Information Form), an evaluation of the student’s academic record (Nominator Form)
and an evaluation of the student’s community service and leadership activities (Recommender
You may apply online at www.gmsp.org open GMS Application (left side).
DEADLINE IS JANUARY 6, 2013
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SAT TEST DATES
TEST DATES REGULAR LATE
OCT. 6 SEP. 7 SEP. 8-21
NOV. 3 OCT. 4 OCT. 5-19
DEC. 1 NOV. 1 NOV. 2-16
JAN. 26 DEC. 28 DEC. 29-JAN. 11
MAR. 9 FEB. 8 FEB. 9-22
MAY 4 APR. 5 APR. 6-19
JUN. 1 MAY 2 MAY 3-17
ACT TEST DATES
TEST DATES REGULAR LATE
SEP. 8 AUG. 17 AUG. 18-24
OCT. 27 SEP. 21 SEP. 22-OCT. 5
DEC. 8 NOV. 2 NOV. 3-16
FEB. 9 JAN. 11 JAN. 12-18
APR. 13 MAR. 8 MAR. 9-22
JUNE 8 MAY 3 MAY 5-18
Web Site Information
Available at this site: Undergraduate Course Offerings, A list of faculty in each department,
undergraduate majors and minors, Email, Websites, and Phone Numbers, and Academic requirements
for each school and its departments.
Visit www.BlackExcel.org for over 100 Minority Scholarships.
Visit www.fastweb.com to search over 600,000 scholarships and over 4,000 colleges.
Financial Aide (FAFSA)
WARNING: The official website for FAFSA is www.fafsa.ed.gov. There is a website
www.fafsa.com that charges you a fee to file your financial aid information with FAFSA.
FAFSA IS A FREE SERVICE. DO NOT PAY.
New SAT Procedure for 2012:
A photo is submitted with registration and integrated into the admission ticket
Changes to center, test type or date can no longer be made on test day
Photo ID and admission ticket are required for entry
Scores are automatically sent to current high school
Standby (or walk-in) testing is no longer permitted
Attending high school code is required at registration
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SAT/ACT registration packets and study guides are available in the Counselor’s office. Please come
by the office before or after school or during your lunch time to request any information. You can also
register online at www.sat.org (SAT) and www.actstudents.org/start (ACT). Also you may check with
Mrs. Kiebler (Counselor’s Secretary) if you receive free or reduced lunch, you may be eligible for a fee
waiver for the SAT and ACT.
Make a College Plan in five simple steps. Go to ww.bigfuture.org/make-a-plan.
Financial Aide (FAFSA)
The U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid provides over $80 billion annually in financial
assistance for college. To receive federal student aid, students must complete the Free Application for
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible after January 1. There are three ways that a
student can complete the FAFSA :
1. Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
2. Download and complete a PDF version of the FAFSA at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov (Note:
PDF FAFSAs must be mailed for processing).
3. Request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-
AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-5665.
WHO IS MY COUNSELOR?
Each student on the high school level is assigned to a specific Counselor. At LCHS we assign students by alphabet.
Mrs. Benton P- Collegiate Academy / Lead Counselor
Mrs. Merrill A – C, E Law Magnet
Ms. Martin L - N, HST, TV, FTI & Welding
Ms. Goodman O, Q-U, AVID 11th & 12th
Mrs. Taylor E – K, Business Magnet, AVID 9th & 10th
Mrs. Ashby D, V – Z, Auto Collision, Adv. Arch & Adv. Engineering
Ms. Dotie LIGHT Counselor
My counselor can help me:
Review my graduation plan each spring during pre-registration
Solve academic schedule problems
By providing study skills and academic information
Give me college and career information
Be successful in teacher/student relationships
Cope with family issues
By listening to my concerns about my friends
By giving me information about life and decision making skills
MASTER THE BASICS
Pay attention to details for a high quality essay:
Get organized. Brainstorm to generate some good ideas and then create an outline to help you get
Demonstrate originality and creativity. To catch the attention of a panel of scholarship judges,
find a hook that will get the reader interested right away.
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Show, don’t tell. For example, if you’re describing an activity you participated in; don’t describe it in
general terms. Be specific! What duties did you perform? What affect did it have on your life or the lives
Develop a theme that fits the scholarship. What sort of student is the sponsor looking for? Include
elements in your essay that complement the sponsor’s expectations (without pretending to be someone you
Turn in a professional-looking essay. Write a second draft to catch mistakes and better organize
your thoughts. If possible, type and double-space your essay. Check spelling and grammar. Also, share your
essay with friends, family or teachers for another proofread.
Brought to you by the American School Counselor Association
Most selective colleges ask their applicants to submit two recommendations from teachers.
These can have an important bearing on your chances -? Particularly if they are negative. Here are some
guidelines that should help you secure better recommendations:
1. Be Prompt.
Teachers have too much to do as it is. Writing recommendations takes a lot of time, especially if you
attend a big school and the teachers you ask are popular. Give your recommenders plenty of time. (The
earlier you are, the less likely your recommenders are to be buried in recommendation forms already.)
2. Make It Easy for Them.
When you ask teachers to write recommendations for you, give them everything they need, including your
application deadline and a stamped, addressed envelope. Some guidance counselors and books
recommend that you also give your recommenders a list of your activities, to remind them what you've
been up to the last few years. We don't think this is a good idea. Too many recommenders simply rehash
students' accomplishments? - Information that is already in their applications.
3. Waive Your Rights.
You have the legal right to read the stuff colleges have in their files about you. Virtually all
recommendation forms include a little box where you can waive this right by signing your name. By all
means, waive the right. Colleges won't pay attention to your recommendations if they think the people who
wrote them were worried that you would be reading them. Sign the waiver before you give the forms to
4. Pick Wisely.
In general, when choosing recommenders, you should do the following:
o Pick teachers who know and like you.
o Pick teachers who will absolutely write positive things about you. This is important enough to
discuss openly with your teachers. If you feel uneasy about asking a teacher directly whether he
or she will write you a strong recommendation, you can do the same thing indirectly by giving the
teacher an out. You might say something like, "I don't want to put you in a spot if you'd prefer not
to do this."
o Pick teachers in fields where your principal interests lie. If you say in your application that you are
going to be an English major, at least one of your recommendations should be from an English
o Pick teachers who are reliable. This is also a test of your judgment. If a teacher doesn't get your
recommendation in on time, you will be the one who looks bad.
o Pick teachers who are good writers. Nothing is less impressive than a poorly written
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5. Send a Thank You Note
Thanking a recommender is good manners. It's also a polite way to remind a forgetful teacher to get on
the stick. Send your thank-you note a week or two before the deadline.
When talking to colleges, make sure you get specific names and
addresses for your transcripts and records to be mailed to. This will
assure your records get to the proper person and on a timely manner.
REQUESTS FOR TRANSCRIPTS MUST
BE MADE IN THE REGISTRAR’S
Please allow 24-hours for your request to
be processed. It will be a $1.00 per copy.